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Mum, it’s me!

Woah mum, my skin is starting to get covered with the most curious white substance. It’s all over me! I think it’s called vernix, you might see it on me when I’m born. Lucky for me it’s like a little cocoon, keeping me very hydrated and warm. Oh and mum, I’ve already added on another centimetre, making me about 19cm long. There’s no stopping me now! Mmm ... what’s that deliciously sweet taste? I’m already a bit of a sweet tooth, thanks to your amniotic fluid. My tastebuds love it – uh oh! That’s why it’s so important to stick to your pregnancy diet and keep us both happy and healthy. Why don’t we make a tasty salad to eat right now...

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Baby movements become stronger and more regular as your little one grows and may even keep you awake at night. Every baby has a unique activity pattern, and as yours grows, you’ll learn when the ‘quiet’ and ‘active’ times are. This is important, because if you ever feel that your baby is not following its normal patterns of movement, you need to contact your doctor or midwife as soon as possible.

Sometimes around week 20, your little one may be kicking enough for your partner to feel it! As for you, you might find that you experience a bit of heartburn or indigestion in your second trimester, possibly caused by hormonal changes and the growing uterus pressing into your stomach. The best remedy we’ve found is to sit or stand up for a while (rather than lie down) and maybe try drinking some milk.

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